Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation
The state of a hospital’s quality matters now more than ever. Our annual report explores the correlation between hospital quality, length of stay, and direct hospital costs. Increased complications and mortality rates erode hospital margins by driving up the costs associated with caring for patients.
Quality Reports: Insights of Hospital Quality
Healthgrades is committed to providing transparency into hospital quality, allowing consumers to make more informed choices about where to seek care. The quality reports shed light on how hospital quality varies considerably among procedures and conditions, as well as between hospitals in the same city. These helpful resources provide insights into various aspects of hospital quality that concretely illustrate why quality matters.
Healthgrades Quality Advisory Board
The Quality Advisory Board is an advisory body of physicians and other healthcare experts who provide Healthgrades valuable input including methodology evaluations and guidance regarding overall quality topics. This entity helps Healthgrades continue its commitment to provide consumers with information that helps them select the right provider and the right hospital to receive the right care.
How We Measure Hospital Quality
Healthgrades rates hospital quality based solely on objective measures of performance—mortality and complication rates. Simply put, we ask if patients died or experienced a complication during their stay in the hospital for a range of common procedures and conditions. Healthgrades measures 40 million patient records from 4,500 hospitals nationwide for the most recent three-year period.
Healthcare Quality Matters
It means the difference between life and death, or quickly getting back into action
About HealthgradesNearly one million people a day use Healthgrades websites to find, compare, select and connect with a doctor or hospital, and use its comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions. Take charge of your healthcare at Healthgrades.com or download the new Healthgrades iPhone app from iTunes. To learn more about our reports or methodologies please click here. To view our Quality Advertising Guidelines, please click here.
California All-Payer Data Not Available
The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development decided not to release age and sex information as part of its publicly available 2012 all-payer data set. This decision was based on their interpretation of a new HIPAA/HITECH OMNIBUS regulation. Because age and sex are statistically significant variables in the risk-adjustment processes that we use to analyze hospital quality, we were unable to use the California data to rate California hospitals. Therefore, we were unable to recognize California hospitals with awards for appendectomy, bariatric surgery, gynecological surgery, and maternity care. Healthgrades is committed to providing transparency in quality for consumers and hospitals alike. We have asked the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for reconsideration on this matter as we feel it is in the best interest of California patients and hospitals for this information to be made publically available.